Seminar focuses on youth drug use, suicide

When Heather Sefton, of Wesley Chapel, began losing close friends to suicide, she didn’t know how to cope with the trauma. The untimely demise of one in the Bay Area was preceded by six others in Sefton’s native New Hampshire. “I really didn’t understand what was going on,” the 19-year-old said. “They all just kind of kept hitting me.” She too, began having suicidal thoughts as a … [Read more...]

‘Imagine Christmas’ helps families

Leslie Egan and Ruby Tillson made their way around the room, checking out gifts on display. They had lots of shopping to do for the children in their charge. Egan is a single parent raising three grandchildren — ages 10, 12 and 14. Tillson is raising a 12-year-old great-niece and two stepsons, ages 8 and 11. Both women were shopping earlier this month in the “Imagine Christmas” … [Read more...]

Inspiration found in the city, and the hills

As a member of Life Church in Wesley Chapel, Demene Benjamin embarked on a nine-day missionary trip with Life Church and Life Church International to Guatemala and El Salvador, in November. The mission was a passionate drive to give hope by sharing the love of Jesus, and to inspire change, said Benjamin, who is manager of CMX Cinemas, at The Grove at Wesley Chapel. In Guatemala, … [Read more...]